The human body contains a complex signaling network called the endocannabinoid system or ECS.

It is made up of natural compounds known as endocannabinoids that affect a wide range of body functions.

The ECS is responsible for homeostasis, relying on the activation of cannabinoid receptors located primarily in the central nervous system and brain. The two primary receptors, CB1 and CB2, influence everything from pain, mood, focus and sleep to immune and inflammatory responses. The cannabis plant provides cannabinoids that are amazingly similar to the endocannabinoids produced by the human body. The two most well-known and abundant cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Along with potential health benefits, THC causes psychoactive effects. CBD offers all sorts of medicinal rewards without any intoxicating side-effects. CBD works with the endocannabinoid system, influencing receptors and providing a wide range of potential uses. When I shop at the local cannabis dispensary, I focus on products with high CBD and low THC percentages. CBD helps to combat adverse side-effects of THC, reducing psychoactive impact and heightening curative properties. I use CBD products to treat sunburn, eczema, pain, swelling, acne, migraines and insomnia. CBD creams, salves and ointments can be applied directly to problem areas. They work to lessen inflammation, moisturize and soothe irritated skin. The benefits can take thirty minutes or more to be felt but they tend to last for hours. I’m also a fan of edibles because they provide especially long-lasting relief, sometimes offering benefits for up to six hours. Tinctures are absorbed through the skin under the tongue, providing a faster onset of effects. They also allow for more precision dosage control. CBD Vapes are another option for quick relief, however the effects typically last less than an hour.

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